Please join Dr. Will this coming Sunday, July 25, 2021, as he preaches “Does Everything Happen for a Reason?” The Story of Five Remarkable Women and the Baby Moses. (Exodus 1:8-2:10, Psalm 121, Matthew 16: 13-20)
A year after the Boston Marathon bombings, the New York Times published the story of a young man named James Castello. On that day April 13, 2013, Castello was cheering on a friend near the finish line when the bombs exploded. He was severely burned in his arms and legs. Fragments of the bomb were found into his flesh.
During the months of surgery and rehabilitation that followed, Mr. Castello developed a relationship with one of his nurses, Krista D’Agostino, and they soon became engaged. Mr. Castello posted a picture of the ring on Facebook. “I now realize why I was involved in the tragedy,” he wrote. It was to meet my best friend and the love of my life.”
Mr. Castello is not alone, wrote the article, in finding meaning in life in tragic events. In fact, our human tendency is to find meaning in life by reading into events that happen to us.
In this sermon, I argue that the saying “everything happens for a reason,” suggests that God sends us signs, signals and messages. It is up to us to figure out what it is. While this could be reassuring at times, this belief, however, sends a mixed message, it could be a treacherous theology.
Might be that the focus should not be on finding the hidden code in our sufferings but to become a transformative instrument of God’s will. The story of five remarkable women and the birth of Moses is one of those complex stories in the Old Testament where the will of God is at play.